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It may be a stretch, but given the sudden thinning of the Yankees pitching ranks, Lincecum could make for a good waiver wire pickup.
For most of 2013, the one area where the New York Yankees seemingly had depth was starting pitching.
With Michael Pineda working his way back after last year's labrum surgery, and Ivan Nova and David Phelps just waiting in the wings for opportunities to return to the rotation, manager Joe Girardi appeared to have a wealth of options as his starting pitchers.
It seems all that has changed in a blink of an eye.
Yankees ace CC Sabathia has been anything but the dependable workhorse he showed in past seasons with a 9-10 record and a 4.78 ERA.
Since May his ERA is 5.95.
Starter Phil Hughes has been consistent in his inconsistency, going 4-10 with a 4.87 ERA and he has already yielded 20 home runs in 2013.
Meanwhile, Andy Pettitte is showing signs of his age at 7-9 and a 4.71 ERA.
Phelps went on the DL at the beginning of July with a strained forearm and recently suffered a setback with an additional strain, and Pineda has been shut down temporarily after feeling stiffness in his shoulder.
Only Nova (5-4, 3.08) and Hiroki Kuroda (10-7, 2.45) have maintained high-performance levels during this season of troubles.
As Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reports:
Giants righty Tim Lincecum could be a big fish that goes in a waiver deal as some teams like him as a valuable bullpen piece down the stretch. The Giants weren’t offered anything good enough at the deadline, but given his $22MM salary and the fact he’s in the final year of his deal, the Giants may want to free themselves shortly.
Given the issues that the Yankees have in the rotation, it couldn't hurt to add a 29-year-old starter/reliever who holds two NL Cy Young awards to the roster for the final run in 2013.
Even though Lincecum's ERA currently stands at 4.43, the right-hander has allowed three or fewer runs (including a no-hitter on July 13) in five of his last six starts. It would appear he has righted his ship and now would be a good time to get him on the roster.
A lot could depend upon whether the Yankees are on the hurler's no-trade list. If so, would he be willing to waive it to go to New York?
The idea of getting Lincecum may be far-fetched to many, but if contractually possible, it represents an opportunity the Yankees should not pass up.